duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) , ˈdə-kliŋ \

Definition of duckling

: a young duck

Examples of duckling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When my two daughters were little, a friend brought a duckling to our house that he’d been given and didn’t want his own children to have. Ann Hymes, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Aug. 2021 And last but not least, on May 26 the Hanover Fire Department tweeted that on May 26, firefighters were called to Old Schoolhouse Lane after residents found a duckling that was trapped in a storm drain., 3 June 2021 Females are all brown and might be herding a flock of ducklings. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2020 The story begins when John is chosen by his class to care for and raise three mallard ducklings that hatched from a group of eggs delivered by a local farm to the school for a biology project. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 17 Nov. 2019 For example, a larger-than-life skull, a work by Katharina Fritsch, sits incongruously on the lagoon bank alongside a mother duck and her wobbly ducklings, new life and a symbol of death co-existing in the same space. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 25 Feb. 2020 See the baby swan attempt to fit in among bright ducklings and a glowing cat before finding its true home. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 26 Feb. 2020 Associated Press BLUE HILL, Maine — There’s no Tinder for waterfowl, but that didn’t stop a Maine bird owner from trying to find a match for a mourning duckling. USA TODAY, 14 Dec. 2019 Browne includes a page of interesting facts about migratory birds, and 10 top tips on caring for mallard ducklings. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of duckling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Duckling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of duckling

: a young duck
: the meat of a young duck that is used as food


duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) \

Kids Definition of duckling

: a young duck

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